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Ⅰ.Multiple Choice (40 points in all, 1 for each)
Select from the four choices [A],,[C],[D] of each item the one that best answers the question or completes the statement and write the letter on the answer sheet.

1.Romance,which uses narrative verse or prose to tell stories of _B__ adventures or other heroic deeds, is a popular literary form in the medieval period.
  A.Christian         B.knightly         C.Greek       D.primitive

2.Among the great Middle English poets, Geoffrey Chaucer is known for his production of _D__.
  A.Piers Plowman              B.Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  C.Confessio Amantis        D.The Canterbury Tales

3.Which of the following  historical events does not directly help to stimulate the rising of the Renaisssance Movement? __C__
  A.The rediscovery of ancient Greek and Roman culture.
  B.The new discoveries in geography and astrology.
  C.The Glorious revolution.
  D.The religious reformation and the economic expansion.

4.Which of the following statements best illustrates the theme of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18? _C___
  A.The speaker eulogizes the power of Nature.
  B.The speaker satirizes human vanity.
  C.The speaker praises the power of artistic creation.
  D.The speaker meditates on man's salvation.

5.“And we will sit upon the rocks,/Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks,/By shallow rivers to whose falls/Melodious birds sing madrigals.”The above lines are probably taken from _D_.
  A.Spenser's The Faerie Queene
  B.John Donne's “The Sun Rising”
  C.Shakespeare's “Sonnet 18”
  D.Marlowe's “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”

6.“Bassanio:Antonio,I am married to a wife
  Which is as dear to me as life itself;
  But life itself, My wife, and all the world.
  Are not with me esteem'd above thy life;
  I would lose all, ay, sacrifice them all,
 Here to the devil, to deliver you.
 Portia:Your wife would give you little thanks for that,
 If she were by to hear you make the offer.”

The above is a quotation taken from Shakespeare's comedy The Merchant of Venice.
The quoted part can be regarded as a good example to illustrate _A___.
  A.dramatic irony           B.personification
  C.allegory                    D.symbolism

7.The ture subject of John Donne's poem,“The Sun Rising,” is to _B__.
  A.attack the sun as an unruly servant
  B.give compliments to the mistress and her power of beauty
  C.criticize the sun's intrusion into the lover's private life
  D. lecture the sun on where true royalty and riches lie

8.Of all the 18th century novelists Henry Fielding was the first to set out, both in theory and practice, to write specifically a “_B__  in prose,”the first to give the modern novel its structure and style.
 A.tragic epic        B.comic epic
 C.romance          D.lyric epic

9.The Houyhnhnms depicted by Jonathan Swift in Gulliver's Travels are _A__.
  A.horses that are endowed with reason
  B.pigmies that are endowed with admirable qualities
  C.giants that are superior in wisdom
  D.hairy,wild, low and despicable creatures, who resemble human beings not only in appearance but also in some other ways.

10.Here are four lines from a literary work:“Others for language all their care express,/And value books,as women men, for dress.”The work is _C__.
  A.Thomas Gray's “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”
  B.John Milton's Paradise Lost
  C.Alexander Pope's Essay on Criticism
  D.Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream

11.The phrase “to urge people to abide by Christian doctrines and to seek salvation through constant struggles with their own weaknesses and all kinds of social evils” may well sum up the implied meaning of _D__.
  A.Gulliver's Travels            B.The Rape of the Lock
  C.Robinson Crusoe           D.The pilgrim's Progress

12.William Wordsworth, a romantic poet, advocated all the following EXCEPT _D__.
  A.the use of everyday language spoken by the common people
  B.the expression of the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings
  C.the use of humble and rustic life as subject matter
  D.the use of elegant wording and inflated figures of speech

13.Which of the following is taken from John Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn”? __D__
  A.“I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!”
  B.“They are both gone up to the church to pary.”
  C.“Earth has not anything to show more fair.”
  D.“Beauty is truth, truth beauty”.

14.“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind!” is an epigrammatic line by _D_.
  A.J.Keats          B.W.Blake         C.W.Wordsworth      D.P.B.Shelley

15.“Ode on a Grecian Urn”shows the contrast between the _B__ of art and the _B__ of human passion.
  A.glory …ugliness              B.permanence…transience
  C.transience…sordidness   D.glory…permanence

16.In the statement“—oh,God! would you like to live with your soul in the grave?” the term“soul” apparently refers to _B__.
  A.Heathcliff himself         B.Catherine
  C.one's spiritual life        D.one's ghost

17.The typical feature of Robet Browning's poetry is the _D__.
  A.bitter satire              B.larger-than-life caricature
  C.Latinized diction        D.dramatic monologue

18.The Victorian Age was largely an age of _C___,eminently represented by Dickens and Thackeray.
  A.poetry         B.drama         C.prose          D.epic prose

19._A__is the first important governess novel in the English literary history.
  A.Jane Eyre                 B.Emma
  C.Wuthering Heights    D.Middlemarch

20.The major concern of __A__fiction lies in the tracing of the psychological development of his characters and in his energetic criticism of the dehumanizing effect of the capitalist industrialization on human nature.
  A.D.H.Lawrence's             B.J.Galsworthy's
  C.W.Thackeray’s              D.T.Hardy’s

21._D__is considered to be the best-known English dramatist since Shakespeare, and his representative works are plays inspired by social criticism.
  A.Richard Sheridan          B.Oliver Goldsmith
  C.Oscar Wilde                 D.Bernard Shaw

22.Which of the following is NOT a typical feature of Modernism? _B___
  A.To elevate the individual and inner being over the social being.
  B.To put the stress on traditional values.
  C.To portray the distorted and alienated relationships between  man and his environment.
  D.To advocate a conscious break with the past.

23.The Romantic writers would focus on all the following issues EXCEPT the _B__ in the American literary histrory.
  A.individual feelings                B.idea of survival of the fittest
  C.strong imagination              D.return to nature

24.Henry David Thoreau's work__A__,has always been regarded as a masterpiece of New England Transcendentalism.
  A.Walden            B.The pioneers
  C.Nature             D.Song of Myself

25.The famous 20-years sleep in “Rip Van Winkle”helps to construct the story  in such a way that we are greatly affected by Irving's _A__.
  A.concern with the passage of time
  B.expression of transient beauty
  C.satire on laziness and corruptibility of human beings
  D.idea about supernatural manipulation of man's life

26.Walt whitman was a pioneering figure of American poetry. His innovation first of all lies in his use of __C__,poetry without a fixed beat or regular rhyme scheme.
  A.blank verse             B.heroic couplet
  C.free verse               D.iambic pentameter

27.The literary characters of the American type in early 19th century are generally characterized by all the following features EXCEPT that they _B__.
  A.speak local dialects
  B.are polite and elegant gentlemen
  C.are simple and crude farmers
  D.are noble savages( red and white) untainted by society

28.Hester Pryme, Dimmsdale, Chillingworth and Pearl are most likely the names of the characters in _A__.
  A.The Scarlet Letter          B.The House of the Seven Gablest
  C.The Portrait of a Lady     D.The pioneers

29.“This is my letter to the World” is a poetic expression of Emily Dickinson's__C__ about her communication with the outside world.
  A.indifference         B.anger       C.anxiety      D.sorrow

30.With Howells,James,and Mark  Twain active on the literary scene, __C__ became the major trend in American literature in the seventies and eighties of the 19thcentury.
  A.sentimentalism        B.romanticism
  C.realism                   D.naturalism

31.After The adventures of Tom Sawyer, Twain gives a literary independence to Tom's buddy Huck in a book entitled __C__.
  A.Life on the Mississippi
  B.The Gilded Age
  C.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  D.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

32.However,_D__,the keynote of Daisy Miller's character,turns out to be an admiring but a dangerous quality and her defiance of social taboos in the Old World finally brings her to a disaster in the clash between two different cultures.
  A.experience                B.sophistication
  C.worldliness               D.innocence

33.Generally speaking,all those writers with a naturalistic approach to human reality tend to be _C__.
  A.transcendentalists          B.idealists
  C.pessimists                     D.impressionists

34.Emily Dickinson  wrote many short poems on various aspects of life.Which of the following is NOT a usual subject of her poetic expression? __D__
  A.Religion and immortality.         B.Life and death.
  C.Love and marriage.                D.War and peace.

35.In “After Apple-Picking,”Robert Frost wrote:“For I have had too much/Of applepicking:I am overtired/Of the great harvest I myself desired.”From these lines we can conclude that the speaker is _D__.
  A.happy about the harvest
  B.still very much interested in apple-picking
  C.expecting a greater harvest
  D.indifferent to what he once desired

36.Chinese poetry and philosophy have exerted great influence over _A___.
  A.Ezra Pound        B.Ralph Waldo Emerson
  C.Robert Frost      D.Emily Dickinson

37.The Hemingway Code heroes are best remembered for their _A_.
  A.indestructible spirtie          B.pessimistic view of life
  C.war experiences                 D.masculinity

38.IN The Emperor Jones and The Hairy Ape,O'Neill adopted the expressionist techniques to portray the _A__ of human beings in a hostile universe.
  A.helpless situation               B.uncertainty
  C.profound religious faith      D.courage and perseverance

39.In Hemingway's “Indian Cmap”,Nick's night trip to the Indian village and his experience inside the hut can be taken as __C__.
  A.an essential lesson about Indian tribes
  B.a confrontation with evil and sin
  C.an initiation to the harshness of life
  D.a learning process in human relationship

40.which of the following statements about  Emily Grierson, the protagonist in Faulkner's story “A Rose for Emily,” is NOT true? __B__
  A.She has a distorted personality.
  B.She is physically deformed and paralyzed.
  C.She is the symbol of the old values of the South.
  D.She is the victim of the past glory.

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